Culture, Religion, Ethnicity: Sudanese Vote

Southern Sudan is preparing to hold a vote on Sunday which could see it to secede from the north, becoming the world’s newest country.

Ahead of the poll, the Sudanese president made a rare visit to the southern capital, Juba. Though his government favors unity, Omar al-Bashir (r) said he would “celebrate” whatever decision the Southerners voted for, even if they decide to secede.

The leader of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir, has often had to tread a difficult line in negotiations with his former enemies in the north.

Hundreds who have left the region have returned home to take part in the vote. Many want independence.

Southerners say they have been discriminated against by the government based in the northern capital, Khartoum.

Allowing southerners the right to self determination through a referendum was agreed as part of a 2005 deal that ended a conflict with the north that had lasted for two decades.

The conflict – which compounded differences in culture, religion and ethnicity – has also left much of the south very poor, and lacking in vital infrastructure, though this is slowly changing.


~ by adhna on January 16, 2011.

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